27-30 MAY 2016. 3-night tour. ST MERE EGLISE on the west of the Cotentin to […]
We visit many of the major European sites, including YPRES, SOMME, LOOS, VIMY, D-DAY BEACHES, NORMANDY, FALAISE and WATERLOO. We also go to GALLIPOLI and CAPORETTO (now in Slovenia).
The wine tour to CHAMPAGNE pays particular attention to the story of each marque in the wars, and their deserved reputation for resistance to excessive German demands on both their vintages and estate workers.
We have art tours to BRUGES, VENICE, ROME (with MONTE CASSINO) and VICENZA (for Palladian villas), and a GREAT WAR POETS TOUR which visits sites where poets like Owen and Sassoon fought.
3-6 JULY 2016. 3 night tour. Fly Heathrow-Luxembourg, drive to FORT HACKENBERG on the Maginot Line with its […]
Just back from VERDUN where we guided a group of 9 around the forts, woods, […]
Leander Club members (with Nicky Bird, second from right) on the Cross of Sacrifice at […]
Just returned from a tour of Ypres and the Somme. Driving through the Lille Gate […]
The recent tour of WW2 BOMBER USAAF and BOMBER COMMAND BASES in East Anglia and […]
Tony and Nicky Bird guided the Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club around Ypres and the […]
I came away with a new appreciation for how you had planned and executed both of our tours, and how you had done exactly what I wanted – to give us the flavor of the combined bomber offensive, and a feel for the topography and geography of the Normandy invasion. All of this while enjoying your company. The evening meals and conversations were a delightful part of the overall experience on both tours.
The brothers Bird are keen historians and have an encyclopedic knowledge of the battlefields – especially the Normandy invasion sites. But they also have a good first-hand experience of commendable hostelries in the areas. They enjoy sharing their knowledge; and any ramble with them will be fun.
Having been on many of your tours over many years I can honestly say that I have never been stuck next to a bore at dinner (which is perhaps more than the lady sitting next to ME might say).
I enjoyed every minute of the tour and have returned the wiser and deeply moved by the experience. The only blip was the chap called Franklin I sat next to at dinner who banged on about train timetables.
Arrangements were perfect, and the brothers Bird were a constant source of lucid erudition…
As always your tour was expertly organised and guided and great fun, even in the rain.
More convivial still is that run by the epicurean-minded Bird Battlefield Tours, which takes small groups on a ‘wine and war tour’, blending a light serving of military history with some heavy feasting at the châteaux of some of the smarter vineyards. Bird Battlefield Tours also offers an Art and War tour, which involves spending a few days committed to culture and gastronomy in Istanbul before heading down to Gallipoli…